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Hi everyone i was getting blue screens about a week ago so i decieded to reinstall windows. After a fresh install i began redownloding some of my old programs when i realized my hard drive was completely full, or at least i only had about 1g on my 500g hard drive that was usable.

I am not very knowledgable on how Hard drives work so i would appreciate any help into what may be wrong, thanks.
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  1. So do you have 499GB of programs installed? Or is the drive not at its full size?
  2. Best answer
    Are you still getting BSOD (or other) after the fresh install? If the HD is over 3 years it's due for retirement (IMHO) and being nearly full is another indicator. Give some consideration to an SSD for the OS & frequently used programs and a large HDD (possibly external) for bulk storage.
  3. After the fresh install i dont have any programs or anything but i is still saying I only have 1g of usable space.

    And non i have not yet experienced a blue screen since the fresh install.
  4. What is the total size of the drive that windows is reporting?
  5. I can only tell you what I would do. That is to replace the HDD. I would recommend an SSD either 128GB or 256GB if you can afford it and a larger HDD for bulk storage. IMHO, it's just not worth the risk to stretch the life of a HDD.
  6. currently it says 28.1 GB free of 465 GB but i just clean installed windows (at least i think i did) I have not even put any programs on it since then.
  7. Must have just installed on a part of the drive the rest is unallocated. Check step 5 here http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/265764-32-guide-installed-disk-system
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